Day 9: St. Louis, Missouri. Good morning, Erik! Time to get up! We are going to the City Museum!
Here are the kids at the Gateway Arch, a 630-foot (192 m) monument in St. Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis.
Recommended to us by a good friend whose kids said this place was "their favorite place in the entire universe!", we had to visit. It was only a few blocks from our hotel so we walked over in the morning.
City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an "eclectic mixture of children's playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel." Visitors are encouraged to touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits.
It is INCREDIBLE!! Both in scale and in imagination.
There are many fishtanks throughout the building with live fish and other creatures!
Some spaces are large enough for adults to climb through, while others are sized only for small children.
One section is made up of man-made CAVES, constructed from metal, concrete, and other materials. It is filled with incredible detail, sculptures, lights, crystals, and slides.
The building must be 13 stories tall. This is a view from one of the caves up to the skylight. Just under the skylight is one of the famous 10-story slides (those circular metal chutes).
A fully-functional and very large pipe organ.
Outside the building there are even more structures to climb through, called the MonstroCity!
Two huge ball pits filled with large colored balls are very popular!
Here is Erik, bravely climbing through the structure - over 40 feet in the air!!
About to go down one of the slides connected to the side of the building.
Inside the building, there are numerous displays of art, architecture, and design.
Nick was able to stop them long enough to have some lunch, and then... right back into the museum!
As Nick watched the kids outside, Tiffany strolled through the rest of the building (but couldn't see even half of it!) and took pictures. Here is a workshop where people were making books and art, binding and painting.
This woman was teaching people how to cut out intricate snowflake shapes.
There is a Circus School in the building and here is the juggling room - where they teach and perform for people of all ages!
The human "hamster wheel" - for people to walk on.
One of two 3,000 pound (1,361 kg) vault doors from a bank in Chicago
The ticket window - where we came in.
YOU MUST VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK AND WATCH THE VIDEO TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT WE EXPERIENCED. THIS MUSEUM IS A MUST-SEE FOR ANYONE WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF ST. LOUIS. WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!!!